Vedic Logic

Every Saturday and Sunday morning from 7.00 am to 7.20 am Sri Mullaivasal Krishnamurthy Sastri gives a talk on Veda (Vedantin Suvai). As an acharya who teaches Veda in a traditional way at his Gurukulam, nobody can question his mastery over the Veda — however, one may disagree with his scholarship on Veda. Given his idea that the Veda has a solution to all practical problems of every kind, even of modern times, this morning he shared about how the Veda gives the solution to cynicism and questions about the ‘waste’ of material in Vedic sacrifice.

“While many perform so many Vedic rituals with good faith by collecting funds from various people, there are many who question such a colossal waste of material on fire, which could be distributed among the needy and poor,” said Sastriji. Then sharing the solution that the Veda provides for this cynicism, he continued, “However one is careful in doing rituals, some inherent shortcomings and mistakes will occur during the ritual. Just as every good act has its own results such bad acts or mistakes will also bring bad consequence as a result. But the Veda says that the doubts and cynicism of those who oppose such rituals works like an antidote for those bad results, which will naturally nullify them because of their negative and cynical approach to the ritual. So we need not worry about the questions, doubts and cynicism of others about such Vedic rituals. They too have some goodness in them as they nullify the bad results that will incur by some rituals faults. By this the veda solves several such practical issues and problems in life.”

The moral of this teaching is that one negative thought or action will nullify the bad result of another. This is like common logic that says: the sin incurred by kill will be gone by eating the kill (கொன்னா பாவம், தின்னா போச்சு). As it was killed not for the sake of killing or for some pleasure but for the need.

Though many modern people may not agree with such Vedic logic about their genuine questions about the waste of material and time in such rituals, there is a general tendency in Hinduism that all kinds of suffering (physical and mental) will reduce the evil effect of sin and karma from one’s life. Whether suffering will have any effect on moral lapses, it helps many to accept suffering in a positive way. In this respect, instead of ignoring any negative opinion and cynicism about the rituals, the way Hindu worldview approaches it in a positive way is worth commending.

Does this Uttaraveda saying come close to this kind of thought? “In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood” — Hebrews 14:4